Fife children to benefit from increased pre-school education
Archived news: published on Monday 06 Apr 2009 by Fife Council
The council’s concordat with the Scottish Government will see all three and four year olds receiving 15 hours pre-school per week; at present they receive 12.5 hours.
Councillors today agreed to a review of
Councillor Douglas Chapman, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: ”It has been shown that early intervention has the greatest impact on breaking cycles of poverty and poor outcomes. Support provided to young families early on can help prevent problems later.
“We want to take this opportunity to change the service we provide to pre-school children and their families and look at the wider picture in
Councillors were told that the work done in family centres is seen to be the ideal set up for early years care and the Education Services would like to increase the number of family centres in Fife.
Currently there are three family centres in Fife, Beanstalk in Dunfermline,
Family centres provide longer daily care, or wrap around care, according to needs and are open throughout the year. This can help parents who are trying to get back inot work or support training. The centres accept younger children, from as young as 15 months and offer a range of parental support groups as well.
Donna Manson, Education Officer, said: “
“Our vision is to continue to have in place a workforce able to deliver the highest quality of pre-school education for all our children eanbling
“At present every Fife Council nursery has a nursery teacher but, because of the varying sizes of nurseries, teacher time is not equal for all children in
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